The scorching heatwave that has engulfed the UK is to take a break over the coming week as a large cloud of rain is set to bring in heavy downpours across Britain and Wales, causing temperatures to drop ‘below par.’
BBC Weather forecaster Chris Fawkes warned showers will target the Kent and Hampshire coast in the early morning before moving inland towards London and the west mid-morning on Friday.
The BBC Weather meteorologist said: “We’re looking at an unsettled day with rains or showers for many parts of the UK.
“Starting off across southern England, the Midlands and East Anglia a bit of morning sunshine but we already have showers across the coastline from Hampshire into Kent.”
Mr Fawkes continued: “Further into south-west England the showers are already widespread, not just on the coast but inland as well. Indeed, the showers as we go through the day will tend to develop further into a more general area of rain.
“That’s going to be spreading in across south-east England into the Midlands and East Anglia as we head through the morning and into the afternoon. The rain is going to be heavy at times, arriving in London late-morning and the afternoon, looking really wet with some heavy downpours expected.”
Temperatures are expected to take a further hit after hitting the mid-30s earlier in the month: “Temperatures 19C, a bit below par for this time of year. For Wales and also Northern counties of England, we’ve got widespread showers at the moment, some of these heavy and thundery. Got lots of heavy downpours.”
British gardens will get some much-needed sustenance over the coming weekend – the majority of the UK can expect to see persistent spells of rainfall, peppered with spots of sunshine.
The damp weather promises to bring the summer festivities to an abrupt halt as Britons are set to endure a wet and breezy couple of days.
On Friday, Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin advised, the wet and windy weather would be towards the south-east but would clear away overnight meaning that most of the nation would experience clear morning skies for Saturday.
He said: “A sunny start, then, across Aberdeenshire and from Yorkshire down to the south-east of England.
“But we will see the showers in the west become more widespread.”
The Met Office also warned that cyclonic weather systems will sweep in from the Atlantic over the next week giving the weather a shake-up.
Spokesman Richard Miles said: “It is going to cool down across the country over the next few days while turning much more changeable.
“Thursday will bring a risk of thunderstorms in the north and west and on Friday, although there will be sunny spells, there will be further showers with some thunder and hail.
“These showers will be quite heavy, widespread and frequent moving in from the west before spreading eastwards across the country.
“On Saturday, although it will be mainly dry and sunny in the southeast, there will be rain spreading across the country with a risk of gales along the western coasts; this is being driven by low-pressure coming in from the Atlantic.
“From Sunday it is turning wetter, cooler and windier generally and this is the picture for the following week with further areas of low pressure coming into the country, we do not see an immediate return of the very hot weather.”
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